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Old 12-09-06, 11:10 AM   #1
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Charlotte winter attire

I've just gotten back into riding, and would like to know what other Charlotte area riders are wearing as the temps begin to drop.

The attire I own so far is fine for the milder weather we had here at the end of November, but I need to pick up some clothing more appropriate to the much more frigid weather that I know will be here for sure by January.

Any suggestions?
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Old 12-10-06, 12:43 AM   #2
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Generally, I get by with street clothes, jacket, knit cap and gloves even on the coldest nights. But that's for short rides home. You're looking for more aerodynamic wear for long rides, right? Either way, the advice I try to follow for biking and running is to keep my head, hands and feet warm, and wear 2-3 layers everywhere else.
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Old 12-10-06, 12:48 AM   #3
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Thanks, Midnight Cyril. Guess we're the only folks in CLT who are awake!

I have been wearing a long-sleeved T-shirt under a PI wind jacket, and cotton sweat pants over my Nike cycling shorts. So far, only really cold part after 25-30 miles has been my toes, which only intermittently feel cold or numb anyway.

Does your knit cap bother the fit or stability of your lid?

Thanks, again, for your kind reply. And good luck on that commute. Stay safe, if you're riding N. Tryon at all.
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Old 12-10-06, 01:14 AM   #4
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No N. Tryon. South Blvd.'s the diciest part of my ride home. I live not too far from where a guy got killed recently, so I've very vigilant. (I had seen the man before -- he was homeless and pulled around a grocery cart filled with his stuff. Very hard to see at night, poor guy.)

The hat does mess with my helmet. I have to let the chin strap out, and it sits a little higher, so it looks even dorkier than a bike helmet does on it's own. A couple of guys I ride with use those Bill Belichick-style headbands/ear covers. They seem to work well.
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Old 12-10-06, 08:45 AM   #5
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I remember seeing that guy when I used to go down that way (nice restaurants in the S. Blvd/E. Blvd area). Used to hit Mai, which, I think, is now closed.

I'm thinking I may try, get this, a piece of pantyhose over my head. Guess as long as I don't pull it down over my face. Hey, would probably be a great mouth cover. Hm....
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On very cold mornings, I have tried putting baggies over my feet. The best are the long sock baggies that the newspaper comes in on rainy days. Then I pull my tights on over the baggies to keep them from flapping. (toe booties work well also)
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Two or three light pairs of gloves, with a windproof shell glove over them, or a pair of PI lobsters with a light liner under them.
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Winter headband, or Performance hooded jersey. The hooded jersey keeps cold out of your neck area, and fits perfectly under your helmet without modifying the straps.
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I also keep a larger helmet adjusted for winter riding, along with a cheap pair of riding shoes about one or two sizes larger than normal to accomodate the added layer of socks.
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Hi, serotta!

Thanks for the nice response. Now I know what to do with all those newspaper sleeves! I like the idea of a hooded jersey, as I can see how that could fit easily under the helmet, but do you find that you frequently have to interrupt your rides to take it off when it gets hot? I've thought about a second pair of shoes, a size or two larger, but didn't think about a second lid. Great idea. Can pick up a cheapie at Targét. Re gloves, I'd love to find a way to modify a pair of cycling gloves to be something like those battery-powered warming hunter's gloves. Unfortunately, I suspect the coils would break too easily.

Nice bike collection, by the way. Do you actually ride them all once in a while, like Leno and his cars?
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Hey Vega, I'm a commuter up in the mtns, hope my headwear input is helpful tho.

I invested in a "coldgear beanie" by UnderArmour from Dick's. It fits tight like the skullcaps all the Panthers wear under their helmets, so I don't need to adjust the helmet strap. I wear it when it's under 35°. ~$20.
I also got a pair of those earmuffs that wrap around the back of your neck. Also Dick's, ~$18.
This stuff has worked for me down to 20° so far.
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i've found lately all i've needed was knee warmers, arm warmers, jersey, vest, a craft windproof skullcap(by far best purchase ever), and some thin shoe covers.

by jan and feb though you'll def be wanting a thicker jacket and some thicker winter tights.

I really would keep the cotton to a minimum though any sweat will just stay wet w/ cotton and chill you to the bone.
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Hi, serotta!

Thanks for the nice response. Now I know what to do with all those newspaper sleeves! I like the idea of a hooded jersey, as I can see how that could fit easily under the helmet, but do you find that you frequently have to interrupt your rides to take it off when it gets hot? I've thought about a second pair of shoes, a size or two larger, but didn't think about a second lid. Great idea. Can pick up a cheapie at Targét. Re gloves, I'd love to find a way to modify a pair of cycling gloves to be something like those battery-powered warming hunter's gloves. Unfortunately, I suspect the coils would break too easily.

Nice bike collection, by the way. Do you actually ride them all once in a while, like Leno and his cars?
VV, I actually try to ride most of those bikes. The Fixie is mostly a time change to time change bike for solo rides and conditioning, also for use on rollers. The Santana single is a great bike for short (under 40 mile jaunts), the Serotta and the Kestrel are my longer distance bikes. Most are a hold over from my younger days when I raced a bit. Now I'm just an old fart with equipment that used to be beneficial, and is now mostly for self-indulgence.
The hood is easy to manipulate, just a second to stop and pull it back off my head. I have even worked it down off my head on a ride without stopping or taking off my helmet when I hated to lose the group draft. (The other nice thing about a hooded jersey is the fact that it's attached, and you can't drop it.)
I just spotted a pair of unusual gloves at Dick's Sporting Goods. They have a velcro flap on the back near the thumb. Pull the velcro back, and it reveals a small blow hole. The theory is to blow warm breath into the hole and it circulates over your fingers. I may pretend to be a PT Barnum guote (sucker born every minute) and part with 25 dollars or so to try the technique.
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40 -50...long sleeve jersey and light tights (no chamois) over shorts, poly skullcap, thin fabric long fingered glove liner under standard riding glove
30- 40...polyprop base layer with heavier (Fleece faced inside)longsleeve jersey. windproof shell, windproof tights with fleece facing layer forward, wool socks, skullcap or balaclava, windproof glo9ve
>30...replace windproof jacket with heavier winproof jacket, wool jersey & booties, wight also want to put the light tights over the top of your heavier tights, liners and windproof gloves
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Hey, thanks, guys for all the great suggestions. Sorry to take so long to acknowledge. Been swamped with paperwork, which left me only in the mood to check Foo for some uplifting banter.

cooperwx, I'll definitely drop by Dick's. Have one very close by. thomspins, I agree 100% about the cotton. As yet, I haven't really had a problem with sweat and evaporative chill. But I know I can't avoid that in the coming weeks. PAlt, a very organized summary. Are you an attorney, or an engineer? Nice new avatar, by the way. Is that one of your older bikes?

serotta, thanks for the rundown on your bikes. Glad that you actually do ride them. Re the benefit of an attached hood, I have to say that if it's not attached, at least I'd have a chance to drop something! Those gloves do sound interesting, though I'm just a bit skeptical. Let us know how they work!

Looks like we've all (except maybe cooperwx) dodged the bullet this week on the weather. Supposed to be this nice through Sunday. I sure hope so! I'm trying to get 30 miles a day now, though the past few days I either had to skip, or only ride 20-22 miles. Just too many deadlines to meet this week.
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Not an attorney or engineer, just A.R., the bike is new, the picture of me is old
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PAlt,

Too funny!

You're just feelin' a little sensitive 'cause you just had a birthday. Yet, it beats the alternative, eh?

A.R. = account rep?
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It's so hit and miss here with the weather.

I go out dressed to the hilt only to be yanking off stuff later like I'm biking toward the sun.
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Now I know I'd better not try to ride with you 'til I can set a track record at TT!
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substructure, you're right about the weather. It's certainly up and down here. Guess living in this area pretty much all my life, I'm just used to it, and don't really consciously think about what to wear anymore. And usually I'm ok with intuitively selecting my clothing, though one day last week I never warmed up after a couple of miles, and was shivering, so I had to come home and put my sweatpants on. Generally, if in doubt, I try to do without, and that usually works out ok once I'm moving.
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substructure, you're right about the weather. It's certainly up and down here. Guess living in this area pretty much all my life, I'm just used to it, and don't really consciously think about what to wear anymore. And usually I'm ok with intuitively selecting my clothing, though one day last week I never warmed up after a couple of miles, and was shivering, so I had to come home and put my sweatpants on. Generally, if in doubt, I try to do without, and that usually works out ok once I'm moving.
didn't need those sweatpants this weekend!
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nothing like riding with one layer in December
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You got that right. But I need to do some serious clothes shopping this week.... Supposed to be in the 40Fs again by the weekend....

Anyone know which local shops have a decent selection of women's clothing? I need to try on a bunch of stuff. I've also got my eye on a PI longsleeve jersey. Who sells PI?
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think the shop in Park Road shopping center carries PI, but don't hold me to that.
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You got that right. But I need to do some serious clothes shopping this week.... Supposed to be in the 40Fs again by the weekend....

Anyone know which local shops have a decent selection of women's clothing? I need to try on a bunch of stuff. I've also got my eye on a PI longsleeve jersey. Who sells PI?

Again i'll have to recommend Ultimate (see Andrea) in Pineville or Bicycle Sport (see andrew or ben) off of selwyn ave.

I'd call both just to check to see if they have what you need; everyone at both shops are super nice!!
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Thanks, friends. I'll check 'em out soon.
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